Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Charmed and Deadly: Reviewed

By Candace Havens
Bronwyn is back...but so is her evil ex-boyfriend. From the author of Charmed & Ready and Charmed & Dangerous.
Bronwyn is used to making enemies-when you dedicate your life to ridding the world of evil magic dudes and dudettes, it can happen. So when she first realizes that an attempted hit on the Prime Minister was really for her, it's just "same spell, different day." But then something about this hex reminds Bronwyn an awful lot of an ex-Jason Gladstone, who was her college sweetheart until he tied her up and tried to drain her of her powers. Talk about a date from hell.

Another installment of the adventures of Bronwyn the witch, it is another great and fast paced book, I read it in a matter of hours, it made me smile, laugh and go aww, everything you need for a summer read and now matter how much I enjoyed it (and I did) I just didn't enjoy it as much as the first two. No idea why.

Bronwyn is her usual feisty self and we meet all of our favourite characters, Dr Sam in particular. There is a rather nice scene of them trying out the new shower some of you might like, *wink* but I am getting distracted. Whilst saving the world Bronwyn feels he magical signature of her ex boyfriend Jason, this is something she should never have felt, after he tried to steal her powers and kill her he was locked up in magic prison by the spook squad. But someone let him out and he has an axe to grind. On top of that her family members and friends are disappearing and she feels drained, are they all connected? Not necessarily.

I did like the book, it was light and fluffy, the diary/journal style allows for Bronwyn to get into mortal danger and then appear 3 days later and tell you what happened, relaxing the reader.  But I do feel that in a couple of places it was rushed, her confrontation with Jason is an example, as it actually belongs in a wider story arc. This is a complex plot, with many characters, multiple baddies and multiple plots which weave in and out of each other. All of this is handled really well and you begin to feel Bronwyn pulled in all different directions and the effect it is having on her.

The end of the book suggests there could be another, setting up a new plot, and I hope there will be, although at the moment there seems to be no sign. As I have said before the books are quite hard to get but you can get them second hand. An engaging and magical tale of magic, family, friends and love. What more could you want on a summers day?

I give Charmed and Deadly 3.5 frilly knickers out of 5. A frilly bikini read!


Sparklybearsy said...

Sounds like a cute series Minxy, i'll have to go look up book one, a nice shower scene is a good addition to any book =D hehe!

Anilu Magloire said...

Love light and airy books. Thanks for the review :)

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